On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Jul. 30, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Wed., Jul. 30, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Wed., Jul. 30, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Live Thompson press conference General Manager Ted Thompson will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     

News

Print
RSS

Clay Matthews nearing point of return

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Defense finding ways to rush passer in Matthews’ absence

GREEN BAY—Clay Matthews wasn’t predicting when he would come back from his broken thumb, but it’s a safe bet he’ll be on the field as soon as the doctors let him.

“I’m not a patient guy,” Matthews said on Wednesday in a brief session with reporters at his locker. “I’ll never learn to be patient.”

Matthews, who has missed the Packers’ last three games after getting injured on a sack of Detroit QB Matthew Stafford in Week 5, will clear one significant hurdle on Monday, when the pins are removed from his surgically repaired thumb. From there, he’ll look into “clubbing up” the hand and seeing what he can do.

Matthews said playing with the pins in wasn’t an option, even though he believes he could deal with the pain, because of the potential for long-term damage.

“I’ll have more news when they take the pins out,” he said, meaning presumably whether or not he can return to practice at some point next week.

“I feel a rush to get back, from within, but winning definitely helps. I have to be smart. The doctors are being very smart and cautious with me as well. So we’ll see. It’s obviously very frustrating, but I’ll try to be back in there as soon as I can.”

The Packers have won all three games Matthews has missed thus far. Perhaps most surprisingly, the defense has managed 11 sacks in his absence. One came from fellow outside linebacker Nick Perry, but he was injured on his sack at Baltimore and has missed the last two contests.

During this stretch, inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Jamari Lattimore have combined for five sacks on inside blitzes, while Micah Hyde and Tramon Williams have one apiece on corner blitzes. Defensive lineman Mike Daniels has contributed three sacks in the last two games as a traditional inside rusher in the nickel package, and he now has a team-best four sacks on the season, one ahead of Matthews and Hawk.

“You can’t replace a guy like Clay, he’s such a presence out there, but you have to find a way,” Hawk said. “I think the coaches have found a good way of bringing different guys (on the blitz) and keeping teams off-balance and trying to be deceptive a little bit, and then guys are winning one-on-ones.

“We need to keep it up, though. We can’t stop that.”

Daniels has been the best at winning those one-on-ones, recording the first two-sack game of his career last Sunday in Minnesota. He actually felt he left a few other sacks out there, too.

Daniels attributes his impact to having a full offseason to train this year. A fourth-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2012, Daniels had shoulder surgery after his college career ended, missed all of OTAs and minicamp his rookie year, and then dealt with a related shoulder injury in his first training camp.

This year, he’s been healthy and a noticeable presence from the get-go. He also credits the job his fellow defensive linemen are doing against the run to create more pass-rush chances.

The Packers, whose base defense is anchored by linemen B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly, are ranked fourth in the league against the run so far this season.

“If it wasn’t for those guys stopping the run, those opportunities to get those pass-rush one-on-ones wouldn’t be there,” Daniels said. “It’s definitely a collective effort. I actually told B.J. today, you big boys tenderized (the Vikings) for us when third down came around, so keep it up.”

To the defense’s credit, it has actually climbed from 19th in the league in total yards allowed to 11th, and from 13th in sacks percentage to sixth, with Matthews out of the lineup.

That’s partly due to playing deposed starting quarterbacks the past two weeks in Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden and Minnesota’s Christian Ponder, but there’s more to it.

“This defense has a chemistry about it,” Williams said. “Everyone trusts one another to do their jobs. Over the last few weeks, that’s been the case. At this point, all we want to do is continue building off of that.”

Additional coverage - Oct. 30

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers knock off rust in first day of pads

    (1:38) Posted 2 hours ago

    Hear from Green Bay Packers G Josh Sitton, LB Brad Jones, T Derek Sherrod, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, TE Brandon Bostick, and DB Micah Hyde as they talk about the first practice in full pads.

  • Julius Peppers brings experience to both lines

    (1:55) Posted 2 hours ago

    Hear from Green Bay Packers LB/DE Julius Peppers, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and LB Brad Jones as they talk about Peppers' role on the team.

  • Top 3 at TC: Packers strap on the pads

    (2:28) Posted 5 hours ago

    Packers.com's Mike Spofford and Vic Ketchman discuss the first full-pads practice of training camp, which featured the return of the half-line run drill, a handful of options on kickoff return, and rising competition at wide receiver.